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Ok, now, don’t get your hopes up but…

It looks like the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has a potential vaccine against Covid-19:

UPMC and scientists from Pitt Health Sciences announced a potential vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a press release, “when tested in mice, the vaccine, delivered through a fingertip-sized patch, produces antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2 at quantities thought to be sufficient for neutralizing the virus.”<<

There are a lot of tests ahead of us but if it works and this goes like the Salk vaccine, Pittsburgh will get a first crack at it.

We’ll, uh, let you know how it goes.

Lean On Me: Bill Withers.

Bill Withers died today from heart complications. He was 81.

He left us a theme song for this time in our lives:

Crew vs Trump

Yesterday, the Captain of the nuclear powered air craft carrier USS Teddy Roosevelt was relieved of his duties. His error was in thinking that he could get sick sailors off his ship before they infected everyone else. Navy ships are tight spaces. There isn’t 6ft to spare in the berths area.

My guess is that he tried repeatedly to go thru his chain of command to get the crew the treatment it needed and ran into bureaucratic red tape. Who knows how far up the chain his request went. At some point, he probably got obstructed by someone who was terrified of rocking the boat with a cabinet secretary or Trump himself. So he went public. That was his mistake.

My first hand experience with narcissists is they value obedience. That makes sense when you think about it. A narcissist has a worldview that centers on him or her. To keep that worldview, he has to be able to order things his way. People are more like objects. They exist, if you can call it that, to serve the narcissist. Narcissists are the ultimate control freaks. So, when Captain Crozier wrote his letter, his sudden animation got the narcissist’s attention. Things were not in order. Somebody didn’t ask permission or got frustrated with the inaction on a urgent matter. The letter was disobedient because the worldview was upset and the image of complete control slipped. Not good.

That’s why he had to go. It had nothing to do with whether his actions were right for his ship or crew.

And it also doesn’t appear to be related to the sentiments of his sailors who gave him a rousing send off.

Let this be a warning to those of you out there lurking who think the military is on your side. Some of them are but many of them are from underserved communities for whom Trump has shown very little love or attention.

He might be surprised to find that they’re not as obedient as he thinks. That is, they might not be willing to break the law for him.

I know. Shocking.